# Applied Physics, Bachelor of Science College of Letters & Science

From the smallest subatomic particles to atoms, molecules, stars, and galaxies, the study of physics is the study of what makes the universe work. Knowledge gained using atomic-scale microscopes and high-energy particle accelerators and nuclear reactors teaches us not only what holds the atomic nucleus together but also how proteins function and why stars shine.

## The Program

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and two Bachelor of Science degree programs: in Physics (which also offers an emphasis in Astrophysics), and in Applied Physics. The A.B. degree provides broad coverage of classical and modern physics while permitting a broader liberal arts education than is possible with the other two programs. The B.S. degree in either Physics or Applied Physics should be followed by the student who plans to enter physics as a profession, and also provides excellent training for a wide variety of technical career options. The B.S. in Applied Physics provides the student with a solid introduction to a particular applied physics specialty. For the student who plans to enter the job market upon completing a B.S. degree, the applied physics orientation would be an asset. Either B.S. program provides a solid foundation in physics for the student interested in graduate work in either pure or applied physics.

### Career Alternatives

Careers in physics and applied physics include research and development, either in universities, government laboratories, or industry; teaching in high schools, junior colleges, and universities; management and administration in industrial laboratories and in government agencies; and in production and sales in industry. A major in physics also provides a strong base for graduate-level work in such interdisciplinary areas as chemical physics, biophysics and medical physics, geophysics and environmental physics, astrophysics and astronomy, computer science, and materials science.

## Graduate Study

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers programs of study and research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Further information regarding requirements for these degrees, graduate research, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships may be obtained by writing to the Chairperson, Department of Physics, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

The major requirements below are in addition to meeting University Requirements & College Requirements; unless otherwise noted. The minimum number of units required for the Applied Physics Bachelor of Science major is 100.

## Applied Physics—Atmospheric Physics Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 44-50 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 102 | Computational Laboratory in Physics | 1-4 |

or PHY 104B | Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics | |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | ||

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 105C | Continuum Mechanics | 4 |

ATM 120 | Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Physics | 4 |

ATM 121A | Atmospheric Dynamics | 4 |

ATM 121B | Atmospheric Dynamics | 4 |

GEL/ESP 150A | Physical & Chemical Oceanography | 4 |

Additional Electives | ||

Choose one: | 3-4 | |

Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics | ||

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Oceanography | ||

Radiation & Satellite Meteorology | ||

Partial Differential Equations: Elementary Methods | ||

Partial Differential Equations: Eigenfunction Expansions | ||

Program Variance | ||

Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson. | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 60-64 | |

Total Units | 104-114 |

## Applied Physics—Chemical Physics Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

Chemistry | ||

CHE 002A | General Chemistry | 5 |

CHE 002B | General Chemistry | 5 |

CHE 002C | General Chemistry | 5 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 59-65 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 102 | Computational Laboratory in Physics | 1 |

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | ||

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 115B | Applications of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 140A | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 4 |

CHE 124A | Inorganic Chemistry: Fundamentals | 3 |

Program Variance | ||

Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson. | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 48 | |

Total Units | 107-113 |

## Applied Physics—Computational Physics Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Computer Science Engineering | ||

ECS 036A | Programming & Problem Solving | 4 |

ECS 036B | Software Development & Object-Oriented Programming in C++ | 4 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 49-55 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 104B | Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics | 4 |

PHY 116C | Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | 4 |

ECS 036C | Data Structures, Algorithms, & Programming | 4 |

ECS 122A | Algorithm Design & Analysis | 4 |

Additional Electives | ||

Choose one each from Computer Science (ECS), Mathematics (MAT), and Physics (PHY): | 12 | |

Computer Science | ||

Theory of Computation | ||

Algorithm Design & Analysis | ||

Scientific Computation | ||

Mathematics | ||

Numerical Analysis | ||

Numerical Analysis in Solution of Equations | ||

Numerical Analysis in Differential Equations | ||

Physics | ||

Continuum Mechanics | ||

Applications of Quantum Mechanics | ||

Introduction to Solid State Physics | ||

Program Variance | ||

Similar courses from other departments may be substituted for courses in the depth subject matter requirements by obtaining prior written permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson. | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 60 | |

Total Units | 109-115 |

## Applied Physics—Physical Electronics Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

PHY 080 | Experimental Techniques | 4 |

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Engineering | ||

ENG 017 | Circuits I | 4 |

or ENG 017V | Circuits I | |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 52-58 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 102 | Computational Laboratory in Physics | 1 |

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

PHY 122A | Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | 4 |

or PHY 122B | Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | |

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 110C | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 140A | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 4 |

EEC 100 | Circuits II | 5 |

Additional Concentration Electives | ||

Choose four: | 16 | |

Electronic Circuits I | ||

Electronic Circuits II | ||

Principles of Device Physics I | ||

or EEC 140AV | Principles of Device Physics I | |

Principles of Device Physics II | ||

Program Variance | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 58 | |

Total Units | 110-116 |

## Applied Physics—Geophysics Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 44-50 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | ||

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 104B | Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics | 4 |

GEL 161 | Geophysical Field Methods | 3 |

GEL 162 | Geophysics of the Solid Earth | 3 |

Additional Electives | ||

Choose three: | 10-12 | |

Choose one: | ||

Analytical Mechanics | ||

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Stellar Structure & Evolution | ||

Choose one: | ||

Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry | ||

Planetary Geology & Geophysics | ||

Choose one: | ||

Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Physics | ||

Atmospheric Dynamics | ||

Atmospheric Dynamics | ||

Program Variance | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 56-58 | |

Total Units | 100-108 |

## Applied Physics—Materials Science Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 44-50 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 112 | Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 102 | Computational Laboratory in Physics | 1-4 |

or PHY 104B | Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics | |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | ||

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 115B | Applications of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 140A | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 4 |

PHY 140B | Introduction to Solid State Physics | 4 |

EMS 174 | Mechanical Behavior of Materials | 4 |

EMS 180 | Materials in Engineering Design | 4 |

Program Variance | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 57-60 | |

Total Units | 101-110 |

## Applied Physics—Physical Oceanography Concentration

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Preparatory Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

Choose a series: | 19-25 | |

Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Classical Physics and Modern Physics | ||

Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics and Honors Physics | ||

PHY 040 | Introduction to Computational Physics | 3 |

Mathematics | ||

MAT 021A | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021B | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021C | Calculus | 4 |

MAT 021D | Vector Analysis | 4 |

MAT 022A | Linear Algebra | 3 |

MAT 022B | Differential Equations | 3 |

Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal | 44-50 | |

Depth Subject Matter | ||

Physics | ||

PHY 102 | Computational Laboratory in Physics | 1 |

PHY 104A | Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics | 4 |

PHY 105A | Classical Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 110A | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 110B | Electricity & Magnetism | 4 |

PHY 115A | Foundation of Quantum Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 116A | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

PHY 116B | Electronic Instrumentation | 4 |

Laboratory Requirement | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics | ||

Advanced Laboratory in Particle Physics | ||

Concentration Courses | ||

PHY 105C | Continuum Mechanics | 4 |

ATM 120 | Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Physics | 4 |

ATM 121A | Atmospheric Dynamics | 4 |

ATM 121B | Atmospheric Dynamics | 4 |

GEL/ESP 116N | Oceanography | 3 |

GEL/ESP 150A | Physical & Chemical Oceanography | 4 |

Additional Electives | ||

Choose one: | 4 | |

Computational Methods of Mathematical Physics (Substitutions: Physics 102 is waived for students who take Physics 104B.) | ||

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics | ||

Introduction to Computer-Based Experiments in Physics | ||

Partial Differential Equations: Elementary Methods | ||

or MAT 118B | Partial Differential Equations: Eigenfunction Expansions | |

Program Variance | ||

Depth Subject Matter Subtotal | 60 | |

Total Units | 104-110 |